Optimal Living Program

The Optimal Living Program (download brochure PDF 124 KB) is an eight-week lifestyle modification program for patients without heart disease. If you suffer from any of the following, the Optimal Living Program may be ideal for you:

• Diabetes
• High Blood Pressure
• Being Overweight
• Exhaustion from everyday activities such as going up the stairs

Complete this document (download PDF 60 KB) to help determine if you are a candidate for the Optimal Living Program.

Emory offers two different Optimal Living Programs:


• Personalized evaluations
• Individualized goals and plan of care
• Weight training
• Weekly nutrition education
• A 'life’ plan to continue exercise and nutrition changes learned in the program

OPTIMAL LIVING PLUS (This program offers all of the above plus the following):

• Eight one-to-one sessions with registered dietitian
• Eight one-to-one personal training sessions

Each patient will receive a binder to maintain his or her exercise flow sheet, goals and plan, as well as copies of educational materials received in the sessions. Patients are encouraged to bring this binder to their physician to discuss their progress and program results.


Exercise appointments are available Monday through Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Group educational sessions are offered each week for the basic program.


A physician’s order (download PDF 44 KB) is required to participate in the Optimal Living Program. At the ordering physician’s discretion, a stress test may be recommended prior to starting the program. This may be faxed, mailed, or e-mailed to our office. The fax number is 404-778-2855.


To enquire about the cost of the programs, please call 678-843-7633. Emory Healthcare employees receive a 15 percent discount. A refundable deposit of $25 is required for parking.


After completion of the Optimal Living Program, patients may continue in the Emory Cardiac Rehabilitation / HeartWise℠ Risk Reduction Program. HeartWise℠ offers a wellness component that includes continued case management and exercise progression. The fee for the wellness program is discounted for the first month after the completion of the Optimal Living Program. Patients can exercise Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and participate in additional water aerobics classes on Tuesday afternoons.

Currently, this program is not reimbursed by Medicare or any other third-party payors. Patients can receive a letter for documentation of a 'medically supervised program’ for their flexible spending accounts.

Call 678-843-7633 for more information.